Netgear DGN3500

Blog Andy Shaw Feb 18, 2011

This wireless modem router would make an ideal option for those looking for an upgrade.

It's surprising how few extras are being added to new wireless modem routers. This is arguably no bad thing - Wi-Fi networking and setting up a new device to act as a gateway to your 
broadband internet connection are complicated enough as it is, without throwing too many extras into the mix.
Netgear, however, has got the balance right with a simple-to-use device endowed with just enough quality and features to lift it above the competition, justifying its top-of-the-range price.

The main thrust of the device is its Gigabit Ethernet ports and 802.11n wireless, which can be boosted with compatible Netgear adapters but remains compatible with your old 802.11b/g hardware, too. As a sweetener, it has a USB port you can use to plug in storage for sharing files over the network and beyond.

The device is relatively easy to set up for a Wi-Fi router - it comes with an animated wizard and settings for British ADSL connections are entered automatically. Alternatively, there's browser-based configuration if you prefer.

Best of all, though, is the performance, which saw the device offer the best all-round signal strength around our test house. It's the priciest model in our test but you get what you pay for and this is a deserving winner.